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Rememberance * Resiliance * Resolve

Next Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, The Day will publish a special section on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Our coverage Sunday and this week will address how we’ve changed as a nation since then.


Voices of 9/11

The Day asked people in the New London area to share their thoughts and memories on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11

On patrol post-9/11

Voices of 9/11

Connecticut 9/11 Memorial Service

Inside security training at Millstone


Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

 May 21, 2014; Updated: 9:49 am

There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes.


9/11 remains returned to WTC site

 May 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

New York - The unidentified remains of those killed on Sept. 11 returned to the World Trade Center site in a solemn procession on a foggy Saturday morning.The remains left the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan's East...


More than 100 arrested in disability scam in NYC

 January 7, 2014; Updated: 7:33 pm

More than 100 were arrested, including 72 city police officers, eight firefighters, five corrections officers and one Nassau County Police Department officer.


Premium Content Local fire, police departments honor 9/11 lives lost in line of duty

 September 11, 2013; Updated: 7:28 pm

Members of area fire departments and police departments gathered for a ceremony to honor lives lost in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001. At the ceremony, held at the Mystic Fire Department B.F. Hoxie Station, each member read a list of names of...


Malloy remembers 9/11 at Middletown ceremony

 September 11, 2013; Updated: 5:37 pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Wednesday by speaking at Middletown's annual remembrance ceremony.


VIDEO: Obama pays tribute to victims of Sept. 11 attacks

 September 11, 2013; Updated: 1:09 pm

For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago.


VIDEO: U.S. flag-covered spire hoisted to World Trade Center roof

 May 2, 2013; Updated: 7:01 pm

Adorned with an American flag that flapped in the breeze, the last pieces of a silver spire were hoisted to the top of the World Trade Center on Thursday as construction workers cheered its ascent.


One World Trade Center rises above clouds

 March 12, 2013; Updated: 8:19 pm

One World Trade Center emerges from the clouds in the night sky in a photo made from a passing airplane Monday.


Gales Ferry remembers fallen firefighters

 September 29, 2011; Updated: 2:55 pm

Ledyard - A special memorial in front of the Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company will serve as a permanent reminder of not only the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks on the...


Premium Content State police boost patrols as part of 9/11 coverage

 September 13, 2011; Updated: 11:55 pm

The Connecticut State Police have stepped up patrols of possible targets in the state this month to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.Dubbed "Operation Iron Eagle," the high-profile tactical patrols seek to deter, detect...


Survivor from Stonington has emotional return to Pentagon

 September 12, 2011; Updated: 8:53 pm

Dan Holdridge was among the 1,600 invited guests to attend a private ceremony in Arlington, Va., to honor the 184 people who died in the attack on the Pentagon.


Local events bring together diverse crowds to remember

 September 12, 2011; Updated: 2:05 pm

Residents from many backgrounds share their experiences and reflect on the horrors that took place a decade ago.


Premium Content Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11

 September 12, 2011; Updated: 11:28 pm

Commemorations at Niantic Baptist Church, the Navy's Submarine Force Library and Museum and Mitchell College were among the events marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Pentagon memorial service stirs memories for Stonington survivor

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 6:31 pm

Arlington, Va. -- A private Pentagon ceremony this morning on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack was intensely emotional for the 1,600 invited guests, including survivor Dan Holdridge of Stonington.The...


Premium Content Moving past the difficult decade since 9/11

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 11:05 am

Few could have predicted the path this nation has taken since the terrorist attacks of 10 years ago today.In the aftermath of those traumatic events the United States was a country united in purpose. While no one should have expected that...


A more vigilant watch for Sub Base, Coast Guard

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:57 am

The phrase "homeland security" was born - along with the knowledge of our vulnerability - with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Niantic church commemorates Sept. 11 National Day of Remembrance

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:55 am

Standing outside the church before the ceremony, John F. McDonald III, chief of the Niantic Fire Dept., was happy to have the chance to be at the memorial service, but also quietly thoughtful. "We'll always remember our brothers and sisters who...


Premium Content Local Muslims and others reflect on the impact of the terrorist attacks

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:54 am

In a building that now is a mosque, about 50 people of varying faiths, races and ages gathered in Groton to reflect on what the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks means to Muslims and all Americans.


Remembrance. Resiliance. Resolve

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 1:04 am

On Sept. 11, 2001, a perfect, blue Tuesday morning, a peculiarly American kind of innocence ended. In today's edition of The Day, a special section, "Remembrance. Resiliance. Resolve," looks at how we have changed.


Premium Content The 9/11 decade: Can we reclaim our sense of unity and hope?

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 9:59 pm

At the dawn of the 21st century, the United States of America was the most prosperous and secure nation in the history of the world. At home, a record economic expansion had produced 20 million new jobs in the 1990s alone, the financial...


Congregation Beth El hosts community-wide observance 'to reflect on where we want to go'

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:52 am

The event, "United in Peace, Healing with Hope," included a speech by David McCourt, a local man whose wife, Ruth, and daughter, Juliana, were killed in one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.


Premium Content Connecticut Historical Society opens 9/11 exhibit

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:10 pm

When first viewed in a little room in the Connecticut Historical Society, the final installation of "September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects" seems a modest endeavor.


Premium Content A flawed remembrance: America has learned the wrong lessons

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:01 pm

A tragic event's effect on the consciousness of a nation is not predetermined. The catastrophe can compel the nation's citizens to reflect on their country's former actions and think of ways to improve its behavior. Or it can lead them...


Those we lost at the World Trade Center

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:57 am

These are the nine people with ties to southeastern Connecticut who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.


The next generation: Coming of age in the shadow of terrorism

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:57 am

In many ways, the world as Coast Guard Cadet J. Matthew Hurtt knows it began on Sept. 11, 2001."9/11 is the beginning of so many critical events - the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war, finding and killing Osama bin Laden," said Hurtt, 21, who...


Region better prepared for terrorist strike

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:56 am

More than a dozen groups meet regularly to plan responses to emergency threats. Planning - and the study of other terrorist scenarios around the world - ensures that virtually any kind of foreseeable threat can be managed, officials said.


Many from southeastern Connecticut showed up at Ground Zero to help

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:55 am

They had to help. By the thousands, in the days after the attacks, people showed up at Ground Zero to help in the rescue effort. Many were from southeastern Connecticut. Here are two stories.


From art to encryption, 9/11 lessons learned

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:53 am

Art historian Erin Valentino wanted to find out how the art world changed after 9/11."Nine-eleven is just kind of a cleft in time, a division of time, sort of a clear before and after," said Valentino, a research education librarian at...


Premium Content Chaos in the Capitol; dread in North Stonington

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:50 am

Patrick Mullane, a native of North Stonington and a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, arrived at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., just across from the Capitol, at about 9:10 a.m. The building was buzzing as word...


A Stonington priest helps his congregation heal

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:49 am

Stonington - It was 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when the Rev. Dr. W. Alfred Tisdale Jr. returned to his church, the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in New Jersey.


Premium Content Persistence: There is no return to a 9/10 mentality

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 9:59 pm

Ten years later and the threat remains. It is a diminished threat for sure, but one that is relentless, vicious and places no value on human life. Victory is not yet in sight. The struggle against al-Qaida and international terror...


Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 11

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 8:55 pm


Premium Content On patrol post-9/11

 September 11, 2011; Updated: 10:09 am

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard discuss security patrols 10 years after the attacks of Sept. 11.


9/11 victims' families place wreath near remains

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:02 am

Family members of people killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks prayed at the site where unidentified remains from that day are kept.


'Beacon of hope' USS New York to appear at NYC ceremony

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:01 am

Built from steel recovered from the World Trade Center wreckage, the amphibious transport dock ship will be in New York's harbor this weekend, the backdrop for ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


Ribbons on historic fence memorialize 9/11 victims

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:01 am

Preston - The intersection of routes 2A and 117 has a different look this weekend.The historic chain fence that runs along the front lawn and walkway of St. James Episcopal Church is thick with white ribbons, 2,996 of them. The...


Premium Content Islamic Center program in Groton attracts diverse audience

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:00 am

In a building that started as a Catholic church and then a synagogue, a Greek church and now, a mosque, people of varying faiths joined tonight for a frank discussion of what the 10th anniversary of September 11th means.


Premium Content VIDEO: Voices of 9/11

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:00 am

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, affected people near and far. Whether you were in Manhattan on your way to work, or at home hundreds of miles away, it was hard not to feel the ripples of that day's events. We asked people in the New London...


For grieving sister, there just had to be a reason

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 11:00 am

Following the 9/11 terror attacks, a Pawcatuck woman needed to understand why they happened, and why her brother's life - along with nearly 3,000 others - was cut short .


Premium Content Timely tribute at the Coast Guard Academy

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 12:23 am

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Second Class Cadet Colleen Patton of New York, N.Y., plays "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes Friday with cadets and faculty standing at attention outside Hamilton Hall at the academy in New London. The tribute came at 9:03...


Premium Content Voices of 9/11

 September 10, 2011; Updated: 2:12 pm

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, affected people near and far. Whether you were in Manhattan on your way to work, or at home hundreds of miles away, it was hard not to feel the ripples of that day's events. We asked people in the New...


A moment of silence at the Coast Guard Academy

 September 9, 2011; Updated: 7:55 pm

Second Class Cadet Colleen Patton, of New York, played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes outside Hamilton Hall at 9:03 a.m. Friday in memory of the second plane that hit the second World Trade Center tower during a morning of events at the academy.


September 11 weekend events throughout Southeast Connecticut

 September 9, 2011; Updated: 11:02 am

Open house at Islamic Center SaturdayGroton -- The Islamic Center of New London, 16 Fort Street, will hold an open house for the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.


Premium Content State marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

 September 9, 2011; Updated: 3:42 pm

Mourners gather around the September 11 memorial Thursday after attending a service marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 152 people with ties to Connecticut.


Premium Content Connecticut 9/11 Memorial Service

 September 9, 2011; Updated: 11:20 am

A memorial service for Connecticut's victims of September 11, 2001, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.


For those who paid dearly: Coast Guard cadets honor fallen soldiers

 September 8, 2011; Updated: 9:18 am

New London - Cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy carefully placed black combat boots in rows on a lawn in the rain Wednesday.


Premium Content Nuke security, at the ready

 September 4, 2011; Updated: 1:11 pm

Dozens of reactor sites in the country have indoor firing ranges. But Millstone Power Station's, built in 2005 in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has some added benefits.


Premium Content Inside security training at Millstone

 September 4, 2011; Updated: 1:12 pm

The attacks of Sept. 11 had a swift impact on security at nuclear power plants across the U.S. At Millstone Power Station, security teams undergo training at a $5 million indoor firing range.


Readers’ Memories

When The Day asked readers to share their memories of Sept. 11, 2001, people from throughout the region took the time to write of their experiences. A few even thanked us for asking, explaining that they’d meant to write about the day, but had never gotten around to it.

We could publish only excerpts of a few responses in our special section, published Sept. 11, 2011. Here are all contributors' full responses.

Thanks to all for taking part in this community project.

Connecticut's Fallen

Connecticut's Fallen

The Day interviewed dozens of family members, some of them on video, to produce this Special Report that tells the stories of the men and women with ties to Connecticut who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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